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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Harvest Moon
Natsume and Rising Star Games are teaming up for a new Harvest Moon, Light of Hope. Instead of minding a small farm, players will find themselves shipwrecked en route to a new home, stuck in a village that’s been ravaged by the same storm. Determined to help the townsfolk, players set out to rebuild the damaged buildings as well as save their lighthouse. There will still be plenty of farming, with crops and livestock to tend, but also resource hunting to repair buildings, neighbors to befriend, and eventually, romantic interests to woo. Light of Hope also marks the series debut for PC and—less surprisingly—Switch. E3 attendees will be able to try it out in South Hall, Booth 2047.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition has been released for PS4. The title is a remake of a PS2 release, updated with improved visuals and trophy support. As a village newcomer, players must build and run a farm as well as establish a family and make friends. The release is a part of Natsume’s ongoing year-long celebration for the series’ 20th anniversary. The company is also releasing older entries as Classics on PSN, updating a site dedicated to the series, and taking part in a Throwback Thursday promotion on Instagram to show localization document and magazine scans.
NIS is teaming up with Natsume to release a limited edition of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. The set includes a copy of the game, 44-page softcover art book, soundtrack, six-piece lapel pin set, blue feather rubber-strap keychain, and a collector’s box. Skytree Village follows series tradition in allowing players to romance a partner, get married, have children, and make their way in the world by farming. New crops, flowers, and a fishing mechanic have been added, along with a cast of characters who live in the nearby town.
Natsume has released Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town on the Wii U Virtual Console. The Game Boy Advance title is a follow-up to Back to Nature that includes new events, features, and mini-games. As a new arrival in a small town, players take on the task of turning their dilapidated farm around by planting and harvesting crops and raising animals. Along the way, they are able to meet and befriend the local townsfolk, and if all goes well, even get married and start a family.
Natsume has released a new trailer for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The video is focused on the festivals in which players can participate, including an Egg Hunt and a Horse Race, as well as glimpses of a variety of other events. Players will be able to spy married life and parenthood, a few of the animal types that can be raised, and the Harvest God and Goddess.
Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley has gone gold for 3DS. The latest entry in the farming-centric role-playing series will hit stores on November 4, but gamers who pre-order before then from GameStop or the Natsume store will receive a 5” plushie designed after the player’s in-game pet dog. A collector’s edition is also available exclusively at the Natsume store, which comes with a 12” rabbit plushie.
Natsume has announced that they will be bringing a new Harvest Moon to the 3DS later this year. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will again feature the farming and role-playing elements of its predecessors, as well as be the first 3D entry in the series. Customization will also be a focus, with players (slash farmers slash adventurers) capable of personalizing the world and fields. Additional details will be revealed at E3.